By cock and pie
Pie Pie, n. [F. pie, L. pica; cf. picus woodpecker, pingere to paint; the bird being perhaps named from its colors. Cf. {Pi}, {Paint}, {Speight}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A magpie. (b) Any other species of the genus {Pica}, and of several allied genera. [Written also {pye}.] [1913 Webster]

2. (R. C. Ch.) The service book. [1913 Webster]

3. (Pritn.) Type confusedly mixed. See {Pi}. [1913 Webster]

{By cock and pie}, an adjuration equivalent to ``by God and the service book.'' --Shak.

{Tree pie} (Zo["o]l.), any Asiatic bird of the genus {Dendrocitta}, allied to the magpie.

{Wood pie}. (Zo["o]l.) See {French pie}, under {French}. [1913 Webster]


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